iForm

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Exhibited in

Hybrids, MIC, Auckland, NZ

Inside Out - Object Gallery, Sydney, AUS

Inside Out. Pheonix Square, Leicster, UK.

Inside Out is international touring exhibition which focuses on emerging digital design techniques and the growth of sophisticated rapid prototyping tools and methods. It features a unique set of forty-six miniature sculptures produced in resin using stereo-lithography (3D printing) or rapid prototyping technologies.

The exhibition is the outcome of an exchange programme between art school centres and artist groups in the United Kingdom and Australia and will be launched in both countries in 2010.

Inside Out, represents an exploration of the boundaries between virtuality and physicality and their cognitive differences. The artists involved may not even have physically sighted the sculptures before being exhibited.

This exhibition of sculptures reveals how developments in virtual computer visualisation and integrated digital technologies, alongside established techniques, can give contemporary makers new insight and opportunities to create objects and forms which were previously impossible to produce or difficult to envisage.

 

iFrom was also exhibited in an installational form in a New Zealand based show - Hybrids, curated by Brit Bunkley and held at MIC Gallery Auckland.

In this version of the work Shown in the last two images the work was only constrained by the scale limitations of the printer. The work was extended by a mapping of gps movements of participants projected onto the from from above.

The project as made using iPhones supplied by Auckland University of Technology. The free spatial mapping app develped by Edinburgh Unvivesity and Edinburgh School of Art was used to galler the GPS data.

Thanks to Dr Chris Speed and Comob for assistance with this project.

 

iForm resin stereo-lithography print. Guidlines for works: * The object should be entirely generated through 3D visualisation and modelling tools. * The object is to be machined and shipped within the dimensions; 6cm x 6cm x 6cm. * Objects may be comprised of multiple components. * Objects can be designed to require a degree of construction and reconfiguration and take up an area larger than 6cm square but no larger than 36cm square. * Objects should not exceed 200,000 polygons.

iForm was composed by 10 participantsusing an iPhone app – Comob. Each participant started at a designated bus stop. At a designated time the participants boarder the first bus to arrive and rode the bus for the duration -40mins. If another member of the group boarded the bus they were to get of an catch the next bus in either direction. iForm Participants were free to travel in either direction on a circular route.

 

 

 


Comob is an app produced as part of a joint research project by Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and University of Lancaster Thanks to Dr Chris Speed for supporting iForm.

Initial visualisations of form could be viewed in real time using custom software developed by Nico Refiti. Rather than using the GPS data to determine spefici point within the form the cordinates of a given point are derived from relative positions. For each user the distances to the next closest three participants forms the X, Y, Z cordinates for a point. The resulting shape is not illustrative of the physical journey but is a visualisation of the relational positioning of members: Rather than bieing a from about where each person it it is a from about the relationships between people.


An installational version of iForm was presented at MIC in Auckland. In this version a colour 3D print was produced and the scale was increased to by joining two prints together. A movie of the GPS positions represented by the white circles was projected onto the from from above with the center of orign for the form and the projection being common. In a loop the moving circles all converge oon the cener of the from as participants conclude their journeys

James Charlton – Creative Practice